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  1. Test your thermostat by blowing and sucking on the large barb that goes to top of radiator. The small check valve will open when you blow allowing a minimal amount of air through. Then try sucking. Check valve should seal and you should be able to suck yourself onto the barb creating a vacuum. if thermostat fails the sucking test, then the increased pressure differential made by the restrictor plug or constrictor will increase flow of warm coolant to radiator thereby worsening the heat loss. That is why you need a fully functional thermostat to reap the benefits of the restrictor or constrictor.
  2. The first thing I would do is pull each connector to glow plugs and glow plug controller. Check for overheating damage, clean connectors and refit.
  3. Clunk and bang is worrying. Perhaps remove rocker cover to confirm all is well there. Check cylinder compression too.
  4. Wheels must be on the ground or on ramps with 2nd gear engauged so you can undo pulley nut. You can then raise rear end as required for access. Pulley is keyed and slides off easily. May be helped with a crow bar. Seal comes off the standard way.
  5. A good hour provided alternator fixing bolts and nuts are not too much seized.
  6. It is just a matter of time before one of the unsecured ends will poke out.
  7. Seal only costs £5 from Smart and easy to replace. I’ve never seen one leak so perhaps oil comes from elsewhere.
  8. The original elastics in my Smart turned into a sticky goo about ten years ago. When replacing rubber elastic rope on the wee pocket in the boot I attempted to pull the rope off but ended up with most of the goo sticking to my hands. Here are the promised photos. Colours are far out on first photo. Don’t know why. Military spec elastics are far superior to anything used by Smart. Obviously you don’t want your army to loose their pants whilst in battle. I pulled the elastics trough sleeves in net with a copper wire. The 3 pin plug powers my oil pan heater. 150 watt PTC towel radiator heater screwed into inboard side of pan. These heaters are self regulating and won’t burn out if sump is dry. Contains no resistor wire that may rattle and destruct.
  9. They came off a pair of white military underpants where the elastic band sits in a sleeve and is replaceable. Modern underpants are no good since elastics are stitched on and far too wide.
  10. My underpants elastics have lasted ten years. I’ll post a photo tomorrow.
  11. I wonder how you fixed the ends. I simply pulled through an elastic band acquired from a pair of holed underpants.
  12. I thought you asked what was the cause for the 3 bars of death.